By William M. Leary
Korean conflict 50th Anniversary Commemorative Edition.
Title is from a citation, spoken through William H. Tunner in 1948. Chronicles the function of the wrestle shipment Command throughout the Korean conflict lower than the command of significant normal Tunner. comprises copyright material.
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Many aircraft remained grounded until late May. Fortunately, a significant number of modified C–119s were available to permit a major airlift of ammunition to Korea beginning on May 20. The Chinese launched a vicious offensive in mid-May when some 175,000 men struck C–119 unloads at an airfield near the frontlines in Korea, June 1951. 30 the Eighth Army. N. forces responded with a massive artillery bombardment. X Corps alone received authorization to fire 250 rounds per gun per day, requiring the delivery of 20 truckloads of artillery ammunition per hour.
The first three airplanes landed safely, parked near the edge of the strip, and started to unload their cargo. But the next C–46 landed short, wiped out its landing gear on a hump at the end of the runway, and careened into two of the parked aircraft. Although bystanders managed to extract the badly injured pilot and copilot before the aircraft caught fire, both airmen died before reaching the hospital. The three aircraft were destroyed. Tunner halted operations at Chungju for two days while engineers worked to improve the strip.
Landings at Chodo had to be made on a curving beach at low tide and were always an adventure, as tall cliffs rose at both ends of the beach. On one of the first flights to the island, a C–47 pilot misjudged the turbulence from these cliffs and plunged into the ocean on his approach to the beach, killing eight people. Fortunately, this proved the only fatality in Operation Beachcomber. Until the armistice in 1953, Gypsy C–47s brought in supplies and personnel and carried out rescued airmen, POWs captured on mainland raids, and other cargo from these isolated outposts, some of which were less than three miles from the enemy coast.
Anything, Anywhere, Any Time: Combat Cargo in the Korean War (008-070-00758-4) by William M. Leary